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The politics of agency : towards a pragmatic approach to philosophical anthropology

Author: Jeremy Wisnewski
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub. Ltd., ©2008.
Series: Ashgate new critical thinking in philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Argues that the traditional emphasis on the accuracy of a given theory of human agency has systematically obscured the normative dimension in various theories and that recognizing this normative  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Wisnewski
ISBN: 9780754655312 0754655318
OCLC Number: 156891964
Description: xii, 147 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Assertions, clarifications, and recommendations : outline of an approach to theories of human agency --
The questions of a philosophical anthropology --
An analytic vocabulary for addressing the questions --
Hermeneutic projection of an answer to the questions --
The nature of human agency : the competing recommendations of humanism and naturalism --
Constitutive values and the modern self : Taylorian strong evaluations --
Two attempts at justification : Taylor and Korsgaard --
Some standard objections to naturalism --
A non-standard argument : naturalism and normativity --
Status of the arguments --
Constitutive rules and critical theory --
Some introductory remarks --
Constitutive rules and social ontology : some reminders --
The significance of illusion : the success term approach --
An alternative critical approach : rules as recommendations --
Returning to the argument : atomism, holism, and the social conditions of agency --
Two competing notions of the self --
Requirements for agency --
The limits of social construction --
Some signposting --
Theory and the trouble with agency --
The aims and scope of theory : cashing out understanding --
Social loops and theories of agency --
A therapeutic-pragmatic suggestion --
Toward a pragmatic-therapeutic approach to human agency --
Truth and therapy : the peculiar epistemic status of theories of agency revisited --
Nietzsche's healthy kultur : an individuals attempt at world-transformation --
Foucault's ironic ethics --
Rorty revisited : public action and private reaction.
Series Title: Ashgate new critical thinking in philosophy.
Responsibility: J. Jeremy Wisnewski.
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